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State education superintendent applicant Eric Mackey said he believes the state Education Department should give local districts leeway to do their jobs, while focusing on jobs the state alone can do. “Resolving the testing situation is going to be the number one issue for the new superintendent, whoever it is,” Mackey said.

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This week marks one month since the housing authority began tearing down Cooper Homes, the complex that for 66 years was home to struggling families, low-income seniors and people with disabilities. It’s one of the oldest complexes built by the Housing Authority, which was set up by the city during the Great Depression to build low-cost housing.

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